Insiders Predict Bin Laden to Be Caught Before Election
There is growing speculation in Washington that
alleged terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden may be making a surprise
appearance in U.S. custody just be fore the November election. Alan Abel son,
the distinguished writer for Barron’s, a weekly publication of Dow Jones, noted
in his column of Sept. 27, 2004, that Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld let
slip some classified information in a briefing at the National Press Club “that
the man we are holding captive is not Saddam Hussein, who, indeed, was deep-sixed
beneath the desolate sands, but none other than Osama bin Laden. (In case
you’re wondering, it wasn’t Saddam, but one of his many doubles, who appeared
before an Iraqi judge following his purported capture.)”
Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) told The Hill
newspaper in February that “bin Laden will be caught between now and the
election. I think they’re on his trail now in a way they haven’t been all year.
It will happen because we will be able to divert more resources [to hunting
down bin La den].” Grassley declined to say where he got his information but he
did say it was not from any intelligence briefing.
In December 2003, former Secretary of State
Madeleine Al bright said that President Bush may reveal the capture of bin
Laden as an “October surprise” in time for the election.
Albright said this while waiting to appear on a
Fox new television program. According to Fox news analyst Morton Kondracke, who
was present, Albright said: “Do you suppose that the Bush administration has
Osama bin Laden hidden away somewhere and will bring him out before the
election?” Kondracke added: “She was not smiling.” Albright later said her
comment on bin Laden was “tongue-in-cheek.” But Kondracke maintained she was
All should unravel by Election Day. What might is
speculation today will be known as either fact or fiction.